Focus Assist is the evolution from Quiet Hours so actually it is not a new thing. In this feature, now you are getting new choices to be able to customize the experience including the ability to automatically pick the times when you do not want to be bothered.
Focus Assist enables you to be able to minimize or completely stop notifications when you have to stay focused to get work done. Or, you can use it if you want to avoid interruptions during a presentation or while you are playing a game. So, how to enable Focus Assist on Windows 10? To enable it, you are able to do that by using Settings. Follow the instructions below.
- The first step that you have to take is opening Settings.
- Then, when you are in the Settings, you have to click on System.
- Now, you need to click on Focus assist and under Focus Assist, you have to choose one of the three choices.
o Off. It will disable the feature and you will be able to see the notifications from apps and contacts.
o Priority only. It will only permit notifications depending on the settings that you have configured on your priority list.
o Alarms only. It can suppresses all notifications while focus assist is enabled except for alarms.
You are also able to enable or control Focus Assist by using the Action Center context menu. How to do that? Follow the instructions below.
- If you want to control or enable the Focus Assist using the Action Center, the first thing that you have to do is right clicking the Action Center button that you can find in the notification area.
- Then, you have to choose Focus Assist.
- Now, you have to select from one of the available options including Off, Priority Alarms and Alarms only.
You can configure a priority list that allow you decide which notifications from calls, apps, texts and people are permitted to bypass the feature to prevent missing out on an important event. To configure it, follow these steps.
- First, access Settings and then click on System.
- Now, you have to click on Focus Assist and then under Focus Assist, you have to click on Customize your priority list link.
- Then, in the “Calls, texts, and reminders” section, you are able to permit Cortana to show notifications for missed calls, texts, and messages from apps.
- Then, in the “People” section, you are able to choose the contacts that are permitted to show notifications while focus assist is enabled. If you want to permit a particular contact to show notifications, you have to check the Add contacts button and then choose the person that you want.
- In the “Apps” section, you are able to choose the apps that are allowed to break through your quiet hours. If you want to permit apps to show notifications, you have to click on the Add an app button and then choose the app from the list.
If you have completed the steps, when you enable Focus assist by using your priority list, you need to know that only the apps, calls, and people you have configured will break through and show notifications.